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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

What -is it- with people???

Yesterday, I read a newspaper article about Canadian forces patroling in Afghanistan. They ran into some problems trying to move through a 3 meter tall forrest of cannabis. At some point, they tried to burn it down. But then some of the soldiers got caught in the smoke and experienced what the article referred to as “negative consequences.”
As soon as I read that, I had a scene from “The history of the world” by Mel Brooks flying through my head. If you’ve seen it, you’ll remember the bit where they’re being chased out of Rome by soldiers. If not, I’ll just tell you that they come across a pot forrest and roll up a bunch of plants into a gigantic joint, set it on fire, and the soldiers all inhale the smoke, get high and start to dance. It doesn’t sound funny, thought.


Another article read that some moron had gotten caught whilst trying to smuggle over 100 kg of live snails into the country. The authorities suspect that they were meant for eating. I don’t know what’s weirdest about this: smuggling a gigantic horde of slugs across the border, or someone actually wanting to eat them… There’s not a drop of French in me, that’s for sure. And why smuggle them across in the first place? You could make some extra cash by lining them up just behind the border, and having a slug race. But seriously – watch the picture and imagine yourself chewing on that. Yuck.






8 comments:

Too_Lively said...

Eating snails is a lot like eating mushrooms. No, not those kind of mushrooms!

Jazz said...

I know you'll never ever believe me but snails are quite good. Maybe it just seems less "sluggy" in French - escargots...

As for the soldiers, i'm not so sure they thought the consequences were negative.

choochoo said...

Too_lively - If I was going to eat a snail, I think I'd need one of those mushrooms first

Jazz - No, I won't. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever. You can say it all you want, but I refuse to believe you. So there.

pupski said...

yes the weirdest thing is definitely to want to eat them - YUCK. I have never had even the slightest desire to eat a snail!

choochoo said...

Neither have I. They crawl across my porch every now and then. Just the thought... *shudder*

Modern Viking said...

Consider it imagined! I don't care what it looks like-- if it tastes good, put it on my plate!

choochoo said...

you can have my share, then.

Besides, I heard somewhere that the snails themselves don't actually taste like anything. It's the spices that give them taste. So I think I'll just eat the accessories.

Tim Rice said...

You know, that slug picture is almost pretty. ;)